I'd like to tell you about a small "castle" located in Upper Manhattan.
Meet The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum, built in the form of the castle (or rather in the form of a French abbey, according to Wikipedia).
In general, The Cloisters is the museum of the medieval masterpieces with a focus on the Christian art.
Let's get acquainted with the history of this beautiful place
The museum is located in Fort Tryon Park. This park is spread over 26 hectares. John Rockefeller Jr. created it in 1917.
I'd like to note that the museum was created thanks to the Rockefeller's donations.
Moreover, he transferred a part of his medieval art objects collection to the museum. In 1925, he bought the collection of the famous collector George Barnard and also transferred it to the museum. Initially, all the masterpieces were transferred to the Metropolitan Museum. The Cloisters was opened by 1938, and those collections were moved there.
The museum and its territory occupy about 1.5 hectares.
Rockefeller was a well-known philanthropist, so it is no wonder that he bought 290 hectares of land in New Jersey (in front of the museum, across the Hudson) so that no one would have his eyes on the amazing view of the museum.
Because the museum is built in the style of the abbey, it has 5 large covered galleries (or the so-called cloisters). They look like the galleries of the famous French monasteries of the Middle Ages.
Inside, you can sit in the cool.
There are beautiful patios.
As for the museum's collections, it has more than 5 thousand different exhibits (according to Wikipedia, The Mérode Altarpiece and a series of tapestries called The Hunt of the Unicorn are the most significant ones).
The Hunt of the Unicorn
The Mérode Altarpiece
The fabulous architecture of the museum makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
To be honest, it's more like the castle as for me.
There is no feeling that the museum is less than 100 years old. It feels like you are in the medieval castle.
Its walls look like the defensive ones.
Only the air conditioners spoil the view! :-( It would be better to hide them.
It's a wonderful and unexpected place as for New York.
We should note that besides all the advantages of the museum, its territory offers a beautiful view.
In general, the museum is very interesting and worth visiting. Especially considering that New York does not form an association with such architectural solutions. The park is very nice. By the way, there are many squirrels in the park.